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1.) Raad Rahman: “When Politics become personal: Using Fiction and Nonfiction to Address Political Violations.”


Wednesday 11 April

Handwerker Gallery



This reading will feature internationally celebrated writer Raad Rahman. An advocate for international socio-political rights, Rahman regularly collaborates with international human rights groups to protect freedom of expression. With a career spanning the UK, Hungary, Bangladesh, the USA, and Jamaica; Rahman’s writing has been featured in publications all over the world including The New York Times, Vice, The Paris Review, and others. With her unique international perspective, Rahmans words are not to be missed.


2. Lecture: Dr. Sheila Vakharia on Opioids, Harm Reductions, and Moving Forward

Monday 9 April

Textor 103

7 p.m.


This years opening night lecturer Dr. Sheila Vakharia earned her masters degree in Social Work from Binghamton University and a doctorate in Social Work from Florida International University. Dr. Vakharia work and teaching interests include harm reduction therapy, drug policy reform, drug user stigma, overdose prevention, and social work education. She has worked throughout New York conducting diagnostic assessments, providing substance abuse counseling, and facilitating aftercare groups for individuals with co-occurring disorders.


3. Cinemas on the Periphery: Decentering Media Geographies

Friday 13 April

Gannett 316

3-6 pm


Moderated by Dr. David Turkon, anthropology Professor at IC, this roundtable brings together filmmakers, distributors, curators, and scholars whose work exists separately of traditional media forms. The roundtable will discuss the many factors and practices which influence what is seen, heard, and experienced in the media. The participants will discuss the myriad possibilities of decentered or “Peripheral” media geographies. The discussion will be divided into three sections; Peripheral economies, emerging stories, and emerging peripheries.


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